In 5 Things I Love About Windows 8 I listed five features of Microsoft's upcoming operating system that I really like. If you read that article you may have noticed that those features are all "desktop" related. They do not have anything to do with the new Metro UI of Windows 8, and that is for a reason.
Metro UI in its current form is something that I have no intention of using. I can see how the UI shines on tablets, touch enabled devices and maybe even netbooks and other low resolution devices.
On my desktop PC though, I feel like it adds weight to the workflow. As it stands now, I have to boot into Metro UI whenever I start the operating system. There I see buttons (Microsoft calls them Tiles) that launch applications, websites or information. It is like a full screen application launcher that you cannot deactivate.
Update: You can boot into desktop if that was active when Windows shut down.
I can type in there to launch applications that are not displayed as tiles, but that's not that intuitive and I foresee an increase in support related incidents when the operating system launches.
Here are basic things that I had difficulties with:
I would assume that inexperienced users may have even more troubles with the new design and layout than I have.
The main issue that I have is the Metro UI. I know that I won't be using it, and I hope that Microsoft will be adding options to disable Metro and stick with the classic desktop all the time.
This is not a question of adaption. It is just that I feel that work will take longer to complete with Metro UI enabled, than it would without. I mean, what is the difference between a Metro UI that displays links to applications and features, and the classic desktop with shortcuts, pinned Taskbar items and the start menu?
Then again, I may be biased as I have been working with the classic desktop for a long time. I will give the operating a spin on my desktop when it comes out. First in a dual boot scenario, later on maybe as my primary operating system.
Microsoft still has time to please everyone. Users who embrace the change and think that Metro UI looks pretty and is functional, and those who think that it will slow them down in their day to day activities.
I'd really like to read your opinions on this.
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